From food and treats, to toys, beds, crates, collars, leashes, bowls, shampoo and more...there is no doubt that adding a puppy to a house-hold includes a lot of shopping. The "retail-pet" industry is HUGE and the quantity of items can be overwhelming. In an attempt to help folks navigate through the many choices I have created this CONCIERGED collection of items that I recommend for puppy families.
My recommendation is always based on my personal experiences with the products as well as the feedback I receive from my puppy families from across the country. Many of the items are available to be purchased directly through Amazon using the "picture links" below (products that are recommended by me may result in a small token "payment" from Amazon to me for providing folks a link to their site to purchase. For those wishing to purchase multiple items simply click on the linked picture to go to Amazon and place the item in your shopping cart, then hit your back button to return here to make your next selection. Hopefully this makes shopping for your spotted baby both confident and easy!)
My recommendation is always based on my personal experiences with the products as well as the feedback I receive from my puppy families from across the country!
When placing a puppy of any age in a new home I recommend the family consider a puppy training class to begin within the first few months of bringing a new puppy home. In today's world that isn't as easy as it once was...one solution is to go back to the tried a true method of reading a good book about the topic.
Make no mistake...the more time you invest in your puppy's training in the early days of your journey through life together...the more enjoyable that journey will be!
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Though many of my pups are LUA Dalmatians (so they do NOT need a low purine diet) as many of you know I am a strong believer in continuing to work with HUA Dalmatians to keep the gene-pool as healthy as possible. These HUA Dalmatians (especially the males) should always be fed a low-purine diet. That means avoiding beef, game meats and organ meats in particular in both their daily diet AND their treats. Avoiding purines can make it challenging to find good treats for our spotted friends. These Fruitables are one of my "go to" favorites for Dals. They smell so good they make me hungry! I get at least one shipment every month from Amazon with these awesome treats in it!
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What a simple and amazingly popular addition to puppy life. While many toys say that they withstand aggressive chewing these are some of the few I have found that really seem to stand up to the teeth of a puppy on a mission to demolish! Given lots and lots of focused chewing by my much older and larger Dals these will eventually begin to show signs of wear to the point of tossing them in the trash (when your pup isn't looking of course). But I must admit they are really awesome for younger pups and will really keep them occupied for quite awhile. They come in a green "MINT" version as well which helps to control bad breath!
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While it is true that there are plenty of Dals out there that can play with their toys very delicately (I have a couple)! It's also true that there are some that make it their mission in life to destroy any toy they come across. While my Dals love balls they totally de-skin tennis balls and perform immediate surgery on any squeaker ball. And what they do to the average bouncy ball is just short of obliteration. This hefty ball is just perfect! It's a bit larger than a softball and the rubber is very squishy without being easily torn. I have several of these and they last and last! They also clean up easily with a garden hose.
What I like best about them for extended play is they are open which allows dogs to breath through their mouth while running and playing with it. It also can be stuffed with dog treats (just remember to keep the treats Dal friendly!)
They come in various colors (the black one pictured here is my least favorite color).
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Accidents happen! It's just part of dog life...and it's especially true during the first few weeks of a new home for any puppy or dog! Dogs and puppies thrive on consistency and well...a move disrupts all of that! The question is what to do when you are dealing with an oops...the training part is covered in that book at the top of this list...but the mess is dealt with here. While soap and water can be great, and lets face it Clorox tends to make us think disinfected means no odor...the truth is that the best way to get rid of urine odor is with old fashioned Baking Soda. But when that is not an obvious option for a quick clean up...this Angry Orange is a great option. It has a VERY strong orange citrus scent...but what really works is the enzymes that help break down the urine itself. A single bottle could easily last you a year or more...for me working with training all those spotted pups in my household before they head off to yours...well it's definitely on my monthly order from Amazon!
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